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Locusts Migrate Between States

10 November 2010

AUSTRALIA – Locusts from western Queensland have now been located in New South Wales, according to reports.

A Commonwealth agricultural authority told ABC News that it not surprising that the pests have begun travelling interstate, during what officials in Queensland are calling the worst locust plague in more than 30 years.

Chris Adriaansen, from the Australian Plague Locust Commission, said that reports of western Queensland locusts in central-western New South Wales are indicative of how far the pests can travel.

Mr Adriaansen said: "We are certainly aware of how far they can travel, even the smaller Australian plague locust can do 700 kilometres overnight and do that several nights in a row. It is largely dependent on the weather conditions."

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